How to get your license

  • Graduated Licensing System (GLS) In Maryland, the process of obtaining a driving license includes several steps, particularly for new drivers who are part of the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) implemented in the Rookie Driver Program.
  • Learner's Permit:
    Eligibility: You can apply for a learner's permit in Maryland at the age of 15 years and 9 months. Requirements: Pass a vision screening test and a knowledge test at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).VA-Written-Test-Book (1).pdf Restrictions: With a learner's permit, you must always be accompanied by a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has held a driver's license for a minimum of three years. You are also required to complete 60 hours of practice driving, including 10 hours at night, under the supervision of a qualified adult.
  • Provisional License:
    Eligibility: You can apply for a provisional license in Maryland after holding a learner's permit for at least 9 months and completing the required practice driving hours. Requirements: Complete the Maryland certified Driver's Education course, including 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Restrictions: With a provisional license, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from driving between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless it is for employment, school-related activities, or for medical emergencies. During the first 151 days, provisional license holders are also restricted from carrying passengers under the age of 18, except for immediate family members.
  • Full Driver's License:
    Eligibility: You can apply for a full driver's license in Maryland once you have held a provisional license for at least 18 months without any traffic violations or convictions. Requirements: Maintain a clean driving record during the provisional license phase and meet all the necessary requirements as determined by the MVA. Restrictions: Once you obtain a full driver's license, there are no specific restrictions applicable. It's important to note that the specific requirements and procedures may vary, so it is advisable to visit the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) website or contact them directly for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the licensing process and the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) in Maryland.